Welcome to the home of Blood River, blog posts and other stories by Alexander Lane.
Blood River cover art by Alexander Lane & Sharon Bruton
In Machina is an epic space opera series with big themes and sassy AIs, for readers of James S A Corey’s The Expanse sequence, Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch trilogy and Martha Wells’s Murderbot Diaries.
The Awakening of William 47 is the first In Machina novel, a story that throws together rogue mec 47 and trouble-dogged human Aisha in a whirlwind escape from Saturn’s moons.
The Flight of the Srama continues 47 and Aisha’s struggles to find freedom and identity in a universe that’s doing its best to silence them.
The choices 47 and Aisha make will decide the fates of humans, mecs and the strange creatures which inhabit the cold depths of the outer planets.
Image credit: Judy Schmidt
More posts from my Space Hippy Brain Stew
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Writing tips & tools
With only three weeks left until Nanowrimo 2023 kicks off, there’s still time to prepare your story so you can hit the keyboard hard on November 1st. More importantly, a little prep will give you something to fall back on when the words run dry on November 21st. I won’t be on board the Nano…
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